Business at an Invercargill brothel had been booming since it received newspaper coverage last week, its owner said.
Elite Ladies Massage Parlour owner Natasha said her girls had been unable to keep up with demand from clients, while the number of hits on its Finda website advertisement had risen from about 60 a month to more than 200 in the past six days.
"Client numbers have gone through the roof. We are having to turn clients away sometimes," she said.
Its bondage and discipline client numbers had also spiked, she said.
The Southland Times reported last Friday that commercial tenants in the Menzies Building opposite the Elite Ladies establishment were upset they had not been consulted about its opening in September. They said the brothel was unsuitably located beside the Menzies Building because it housed education groups working with young people.
Though the brothel boss was happy business was booming, others remained unhappy it was even in the city.
Southland woman Madeline McGilvray said she had written a letter to the city council asking it to stop the business from operating.
Addressed to Mayor Tim Shadbolt and councillors, the letter says the council should be concerned about Elite Ladies' fantasy packages, which include women dressed up as schoolgirls.
"We need to protect our young people in the community, not put them at risk like this, especially our young girls who could become prey for some men who have indulged in this behaviour."
Elite Ladies owner Natasha said publicity about the brothel's schoolgirl fantasy package had made her have a rethink. As a result, she was closing down that part of her business to be fair to her neighbours and the community.
The business, in Esk St West, was better off in a commercial zone than a residential area, she added.
Invercargill City Council chief executive Richard King said Elite Ladies would not be closed. "Prostitution isn't illegal. It's a business. What's the issue?", he said.
A council spokeswoman said it had received no complaints. Mrs McGilvray's letter of complaint was expected to arrive today.
- The Southland Times
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